Words Poorly Used #77.1 — Impeachment
This week, after reading Skyler Collins’ offering in Two Cents, I came upon a new approach to Words Poorly Used. I will gild the lily by running the words or phrases through OneLook.com, linking them, then commenting on the unusual that I encounter via that process.
“Impeachment” at OneLook
noun: a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
Pretty simple, huh? But not quite. What leaps out to me is “charging … with” not “finding … guilty of …” Was Bill Clinton found guilty? Was Dick Nixon found guilty … or even impeached?
▸ Words similar to impeachment
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Interesting entries here are:
- prosecution — this does not always follow impeachment
- ouster — Nixon was oustered, but not impeached, while both Andrew Johnson and Clinton were acquitted.
- The same sort of observation applies to similar words such as “disqualification” and “removal.”
- There were cases of euphemism in drafting the constitutional language.
- Whether intended 0or not, all three of these episodes had many consequences, not the least of which was an equivalence to a bill of attainder.
▸ Words most associated with impeachment
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▸ Popular adjectives describing impeachment
soft, presidential, parliamentary, such, possible, public, attempted, certain, successful, formal, subsequent, direct, threatened, immediate, famous, collateral, least, anti, serious, pro, regular, future, congressional, impending, terrible, near, above, grave, virtual, favored, intended, judicial, unsuccessful, actual, eventual, improper, slightest, celebrated, imminent, unusual, legislative, criminal, solemn, proposed, memorable, potential, post, mad, abortive, false, deserved, recorded, insufficient, constitutional, libellous, gross, presumptuous, partisan, implied, judge, violent, intermediate, fraudulent, prior, indirect
Got to love words like soft, serious, terrible, improper, mad, …
▸ Rhymes of impeachment
preachment, beseechment, appeachment, treatment, agreement, achievement, in agreement, disagreement, concealment, bereavement, pretreatment, vehement, maltreatment, appeasement,… mistreatment, easement, underachievement, retreatment, impeachments, uniquement, preachments, bement, aftertreatment, malheureusement, revetement, feoffment, …
Just for the fun of it.
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Sh!ts and giggles (LOL) …
|Phrases that include impeachment: impeachment of waste, impeachment in the us, impeachment in ukraine, impeachment of bill clinton, impeachment trial of andrew johnson, more…|
- impeachment (n.)
- late 14c., enpechement “accusation, charge,” from Old French empeechement “difficulty, hindrance; (legal) impeachment,” from empeechier “to hinder, impede” (see impeach). As a judicial proceeding on charges of maladministration against a public official, from 1640s.
Isn’t “(legal) impeachment” a redundancy? Aren’t “hinder” and “impede” obvious? Oh, oh, oh! Maladministration??? Never!!!